Plasma Processing and Technology International Conference 2022

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Michael Keidar

The George Washington University, USA

Dr. Michael Keidar is A. James Clark Professor of Engineering. His research concerns advanced spacecraft propulsion, plasma-based nanotechnology, and plasma medicine. He has authored over 240 journal articles and author of textbook “Plasma Engineering: from Aerospace and Nano and Bio technology” (Elsevier, March 2013). He received 2017 Davidson award in plasma physics. In 2016 he was elected AIAA National Capital Section Engineer of the Year and in 2017 he received AIAA Engineer of the Year award for his work on micropropulsion resulted in successful launch of nanosatellite with thrusters developed by his laboratory. Many of his papers have been featured on the cover of high impact journals and his research has been covered by various media outlets. Prof. Keidar serves as an AIP Advances academic editor, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions in Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences and member of editorial board of half dozen of journals. He is Fellow of APS and Associate Fellow of AIAA.


Dr. Cristina Canal

The Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain

Cristina Canal Barnils (Barcelona 1977) is Associate professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), head of the PlasmaMedLab(obriu en una finestra nova): Plasmas for BioMedical Applications Laboratory and of the Medical Technologies: Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering research group at the IRSJD(open in new window).

Before joining UPC, she did different research stages at pre and postdoctoral level in different national and international research centres. She has participated and lead a number of research projects, as well as technology transfer projects in the areas of Textile materials, Biomaterials and Cold Plasmas. Her research has led to above 60 publications, and several invited conferences. Her research has been recognized with different awards, including the L’Oreal-Unesco fellowship “For Young Women in Science” (2012), the “2018 Early Career Award in Plasma Medicine“ and the  ICREA Acadèmia 2020.

Her interests are focused in cold plasmas for biomedical applications, particularly: i. Surface modification of biomaterials to control parameters such as adhesion or biological behaviour; ii. Control of drug release from biomaterials; and iii. Therapeutical appications of cold plasmas, for instance, in bone cancers.

She is currently ERC APACHE project(open in new window) Starting Grant leader in a project in the field of atmospheric pressure plasma therapy, her main axis of research being currently focused in the atmospheric pressure plasma therapy of bone cancer treatment in combination with biomaterials.


Prof. Jochen Schein

University of Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany

Jochen Schein studied electrical engineering at the Ruhr University and had his Phd in plasma technology in 1996. From 1996 to 1998 he was a postdoc in plasma diagnostics at the Department for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (USA). He then moved to Alameda Applied Sciences Corp. as a Principal Scientist. in California (USA), where he worked in the field of satellite propulsion. From 2004 to 2006 he was a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on the National Ignition Facility's fusion experiments in that laboratory. Since August 2006 he is a professor at the Institute for Plasma Technology and Mathematics within the Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. His research interests are in plasma physics, plasma technology and satellite propulsion.


Prof. Holger Kersten

University Kiel, Germany

Holger Kersten is a Professor at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics at University of Kiel, Germany since 2006. Prior Professor Kersten was the head of the plasma processes group at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald) in Greifswald, Germany. The focus of his research includes basic studies on the interaction of plasmas with surfaces, complex plasmas and their applications in plasma technology. In 1999, he received the Greifswald Plasma Physics Prize in recognition of his research. Professor Kersten was furthermore the president of the German Society for Plasma Technology from 2009 to 2013. He is currently an Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Journal Techniques and Instrumentation (EPJTI) and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kiel University.




Prof. André Anders

Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM), Germany

André Anders has a joint appointment as the Director and CEO of the Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering, Leipzig, Germany, and Professor of Applied Physics at the Felix Bloch Institute of Solid State Physics, Leipzig University. He assumed these positions in September of 2017 after working as Staff Scientist and later Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA, USA, since 1992. He studies physics in Wroclaw, Poland, Berlin, (East) Germany, and Moscow (Russia, then Soviet Union), to obtain his PhD degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from Humboldt University in Berlin. Dr. Anders has worked for over 30 years in basic and applied plasma physics and material science. Before assuming his current positions in Leipzig, he became experienced in managing projects as group leader and principal investigator in Berkeley, developing disruptive plasma and materials technologies, advising students, and teaching courses. He is engaged in the scientific and technical communities as officer of several conference committees and advisory boards. He is the author of three books and over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers in physics and material science (h-index 63, close to 15,000 citations, Google Scholar 2018). Decision maker as Associated Editor and since 2014 Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Applied Physics for the American Institute of Physics Publishing, Melville, NY. Internationally recognized by awards and election to Fellow of several professional societies.


Prof. Olivier Eichwald

Paul Sabatier University Toulouse, France

Professor at Paul Sabatier Toulouse University, Director of LAPLACE (~350 members, 150 permanent staff), manager during 5 years of a research team (~30 members) – Responsible ~10 research contracts (academic and in partnerships with industry) – Specialist in theory and simulation of cold plasma physics – Author of more than 60 papers in peer reviewed journals, more than 80 international conferences, 3 patents, 10 invited lectures, 3 book chapter – 15 PhD thesis supervised.


Dr. Fabio Palumbo

University of Bari, Italy

Expert in plasma processing and chemical characterization of surfaces for various industrial application. Nowadays the research activity is mainly focused on the following fields:

  • Plasma deposition of inorganic thin films as dielectrics in microelectronics and for the corrosion protection
  • Plasma deposition of Pt containing films as catalytic electrodes in fuel cells
  • Nanotexturing processing of polymers for super-hydrophobic/hydrophilic materials

Dr. Qi Hua Fan

Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Qi Hua Fan received his Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Aveiro in 1999. He is currently an Associate Professor at Michigan State University with joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He is also a member of the Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies. Dr. Fan’s research interests include plasma sources for large-area coatings and plasma processing of nanostructured materials for energy harvesting, energy storage, and electro-optical devices. Dr. Fan teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in ECE and CheMS departments. Typical courses include Plasma-Assisted Materials Processing, Thin Film Optics and Engineering, and Materials Science.


Prof. Stéphane Béchu

CNRS- Grenoble University, France

S. Béchu received the Ph.D. degree in Molecular Physics from Paris-Sud University, France, in 1996. He obtained a permanent position at CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) as researcher in 1997. He is research director at CNRS since 2017. His first field of interest was electric propulsion at ICARE lab. in Orleans (France) where he developed plasma diagnostics. Since 2004, at LPSC Lab. in Grenoble (France) his body of research is devoted to plasma diagnostics and ECR (2.45 GHz) plasma sources. Recently, he performed VUV-absorption experiments at SOLEIL synchrotron (DESIRS beam line) on H2, D2 ro-vibrationally excited molecules.


Dr. Ita Junkar

Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Dr. Ita Junkar is a chemical engineer who obtained her PhD in 2010 and is currently employed as a senior researcher at Jožef Stefan Institute. Her main filed of work are biomaterials and modification of surfaces by highly reactive gaseous plasma. She developed several methods for surface treatment of materials by highly reactive gaseous plasma, mainly for the use in bio-applications. She has five granted patents, two filled at the European patent office. She is actively involved in the interdisciplinary research activities mostly based on surface modification of biomaterials and has many years’ experience in working with medical doctors and microbiologist in the field of biomaterials.


Prof. Pietro Favia

The University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

Prof. Pietro Favia, Ph.D, is Associate Professor (General Chemistry) at the Department of Chemistry, University of Bari. Associate to the former CNR Institute of Inorganic Methods and Plasmas, now CNR NANOTEC. Coordinator of the Ph.D. School in Chemical and Molecular Sciences of the University of Bari.

Expert of Plasma Processing of Materials, author of more than 180 papers, reviews, editorials and patents, Prof. Favia is founding partner of the Spin Off Plasma Solution srl, and editor in Chief of Plasma Processes and Polymers (Wiley-VCH).

Research interests include:

  • Surface modification (deposition, grafting, etching) processes of materials in non equilibrium (cold) plasmas
  • Plasma diagnostic (Optical Emission Spectroscopy) and surface analysis (XPS, Contact Angle, ATR-FTIR, SIMS, AFM, SEM) for understanding plasma-substrate interactions
  • Biomedical applications of plasma-modified materials and nano-technology applied to biomaterials;Tissue Engineering, Plasma Medicine
  • Industrial applications of cold plasmas.